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9/11/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A Mt. Blanchard teen was hurt in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 273 and Township Road 191.

A release from the sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Rodney Spade of Arlington was driving south on Road 191 when he stopped at a stop sign. He then pulled into the path of an SUV driven by 16-year-old Brett Brown.

Brown was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Spade was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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9/11/14 – 5:04 A.M.

McComb residents voiced their concern about teachers leaving the district during last night’s school board meeting. The Courier reports a number of people spoke about the issue. According to the newspaper, eight new teachers were hired for this school year. In all, 15 total people left the district after last year.

Board President Audra Oglesbee told those on hand that many of the people who left the district found better jobs, or new coaching positions. She added she didn’t know of anyone who left on bad terms. Superintendent Meri Skilliter said she was proud the district has had so many staff members who have been able to take a “step up.”

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9/11/14 – 4:49 A.M.

A Findlay information technology consulting company has been bought out. Rarey-Roth is now owned by the AME Group, which is based in Indiana. All 14 members of the Findlay staff will keep their jobs, and the new ownership hopes to expand the office in the future.

AME runs 25 locations in five states.

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9/11/14 – 4:22 A.M.

Police at Bowling Green State University are investigating an alleged rape on campus. The victim says she was attacked early Sunday morning by another student at Kreischer Quadrangle’s Batchelder Hall. In light of the alleged rape, students are being reminded to report sexual assaults right away by calling 419-372-2346.

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9/10/14 – 7:15 A.M.
Update: 12:01 P.M.

A publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station opened in Findlay today. The grand opening of the CNG Fuel facility on Distribution Drive brought a crowd, including company president Kris Kyler. He talked about why Findlay was a prime spot to locate a new station…

Audio: Kris Kyler

The fueling station is located next to the Ohio Logistics Distribution Center.

Kyler said they expect the location to be busy…

Audio: Kris Kyler

He added that city and county officials made it easy to do business here.

Clean Fuels Ohio will help operate the station. The Findlay facility is the company’s second location in the state.


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9/10/14 – 7:22 A.M.

A Bowling Green hotel was evacuated early this morning after a fire broke out in one of its rooms. Media partner WTOL 11 reports firefighters were called to the Victory Inn and Suites in the 1600 block of East Wooster around midnight.

The fire department says the fire was contained to one room, which was completely gutted. Some other rooms suffered smoke damage. Three people were treated for minor injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.


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9/10/14 – 5:27 A.M.

One person was injured when a semi and a farm tractor collided in Hancock County Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports the crash happened just before noon on State Route 18 between Van Buren and Fostoria.

The Patrol says a New York man driving a semi was attempting to pass a tractor driven by 29-year-old Matt Mathias of Kansas, Ohio; when Mathias tried to turn left into a private drive. Mathias was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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9/10/14 – 5:20 A.M.

Leipsic residents are concerned about a wild animal that’s been seen around town…

The Lima News reports a wolf has been spotted running loose around Leipsic. Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth tells the newspaper he believes the animal could be anything from a large husky to a hybrid mix between a wolf and a dog. He added he hasn’t seen the animal, but has seen pictures residents have posted on Facebook.

Schroth also said he had heard the animal had killed a resident’s peacock.

There have been no reports of the animal being captured.

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9/10/14 – 5:04 A.M.

The Findlay Fire Department detonated a suspicious device Tuesday night. The police and fire departments were called to the 600 block of Lawn Avenue after someone found a plastic bottle with a foaming substance in it.

Police cleared the area, and firefighters detonated the bottle. The area was then washed down as a precaution.

Police are now looking for the person responsible for the device. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (419)425-8477.

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9/10/14 – 4:58 A.M.

Area residents will be keeping an eye on the weather today, as a cold front is bringing the threat of severe weather with it as it approaches our area. The National Weather Service issued a report yesterday that said there is a chance we’ll see strong storms and damaging winds move in around 3 p.m.

The NWS has already issued a Flash Flood Watch for some area counties. The watch goes into effect for Putnam, Allen, Henry, and Hardin Counties at 2 p.m. One to three inches of rain is expected in those areas.

We’ll be monitoring the weather throughout the day, and will break in with information as needed this afternoon.

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